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Sophronia Elizabeth “Liz” Rittenhouse

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Sophronia Elizabeth “Liz” Rittenhouse

Age 79, of Wymer Run Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 14, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born on December 19, 1934 in Flemington, WV, a daughter of the late Coy Wiley Welch and Zora Virginia Finley Welch.

She was twice married, first to James B. Lovett who passed away on November 06, 1997, then she married Willard Dana “Woody” Rittenhouse who passed away on October 12, 1999.

She is survived by one son, James Alvin Lovett, of Jane Lew; three grandchildren: Joseph Lovett and wife Laura of Columbus, OH, Jennifer Posey and husband Arnold of Buckhannon and Mary Sears of Jane Lew; 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Coy David Welch of Weston; and her Jack Russell, Ruthie, who misses her very much.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn Virginia Lovett; one son, Robert Evert Lovett; and one brother, Eugene Wilbert Welch.

Liz was happily retired from the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston with several years of service in the housekeeping department, where she developed many cherished friendships. She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church and enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, camping at Wildcat, and sitting on her back porch swing watching the beautiful hummingbirds that frequented her feeders. She loved preparing large holiday dinners for her family, and most of all, she adored being a Grandma, and her grandchildren were the light of her life.

Family and friends will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM with Reverend Roger McKee officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with her final expenses c/o James Lovett at 722 Wymer Run Rd. Jane Lew WV 26378.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Liz Lovett Rittenhouse.

Johnny Ray Rogers

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Johnny Ray Rogers

Age 57, of Rosedale, WV, passed March 12, 2014.

He was born August 25, 1956 in Lorain, OH a son of the late Arlen and Bessie Dobbins Rogers.

He was a sawmill worker and a laborer.

He is survived by brothers, James Rogers of Akron, OH and Keith Rogers of Litchfield, OH; half sisters, Virginia Chavez and Judy Rogers.

Graveside service will be 3:30 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Rosedale Community Cemetery with Pastor Scott Raynor officiating.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Randall “Randy” Allen Smith

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Randall “Randy” Allen Smith

Age 59, a resident of Weston, WV passed from this life Monday, March 10, 2014, in Shinnston, WV.

He had been in his usual health, and death was unexpected.

Randy was born Monday, January 10, 1955, in Elkins, WV a son of the late Harvey and Phyllis Smith.

He was twice married, first to Cathy Jones and then to Nikki Browning.

Left to cherish Randy’s memory are one daughter, Tarra Sherrard and husband, Steve, of Weston; two brothers, Denny Smith and wife, Patty, of Elkins and Larry Smith and wife, Joyce, of Mill Creek; two sisters, Connie Light and husband, Earl, of Mill Creek and Glenna “Sis” Haddix of Ohio; and two grandchildren, Austin Sponaugle and Savanna Sherrard, both of Weston.

Preceding Randy in death, besides his parents, were one daughter, Erica Smith; and one brother, Glenn “Sonny” Smith.

Randy attended the schools of Randolph County and graduated from Tygarts Valley High School. Randy worked in the coal industry for more than 40 years as a miner and a superintendent. He thoroughly enjoyed sports, especially basketball. Randy played baseball and basketball for Tygarts Valley High School. He was active in youth sports, coached little league baseball and served as president of the Lewis County Little League. Randy never missed any of his grandson’s games or practices. He also never missed anything that his granddaughter was involved with. Randy will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He was truly a one of a kind man.

He attended Horizon Church in Lost Creek.

Visitation will be conducted at Randolph Funeral Home Friday from 6-8 PM.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, March 15, at 11 AM.

Pastor Dave Cunningham will officiate, and interment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery in Huttonsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions can be made, in Randy’s honor, to the Lewis Baseball Association P.O. Box 755 Weston, WV 26452. Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Randall “Randy” Allen Smith.

Oleta B. Jones Ferrell

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Oleta B. Jones Ferrell

of Grantsville, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 13, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 23, 1931 to Homer and Icy Kemp Jones in Big Bend, WV.

She married Harold Ferrell on May 06, 1950.

She resided in Big Bend most of her life. She spent a few years in Florida after her retirement.  As her health began to fail, she moved to Grantsville to be near her family until her recent four month stay at Cedar Grove assisted living in Parkersburg, WV. She soon won the hearts of the staff there and in return she cared for them very much and considered them her extended family.

Oleta was retired from Calhoun County Board of Education after 43 years of service.

She was a long time member of the Brooksville Missionary Baptist Church of Big Bend, WV. Her Pastor Barry Skaggs and wife June not only ministered to her, but were considered as part of her children as well.

Oleta had several brothers and sisters in Christ whom she loved and was loved. She loved sharing her love of Jesus with others and always put other’s needs before her own.

Oleta is survived by her children:  Russell (Kate) Ferrell, Sue (Roydice) Williams, Steve (Clarissa) Ferrell, and Barbara (Edward) Tingler; grandchildren, whom she loved very much, Leslie Williams, Carla Taylor, Ruscee Ferrell, Joshua Ferrell, Olivia Ferrell, Tiffini Witte and Brandon Tingler. Four great-grandchildren: Owen Taylor, Hallie Witte, Jasyme Tingler and Brooke Tingler.

Also, sisters: Deloris Rogers, Leona Yoak, Joan Jones and sister-in-law,  Sissy Jones, one brother, James R. (Brenda) Jones as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold Ferrell and a daughter, Debra, two sisters, Marguerite Zatik, Nancy Travis, two brothers, Cleo Jones and Denzil (Pete) Jones.

At her request, she wished to be an organ donor and will be cremated with no services as per her adamant wishes.

Burial will be held at the discretion of her family.
Memorials may be made to the Calhoun-Gilmer Gideons,  PO Box 20, Big Bend, WV 26136 or Cedar Grove Assisted Living Home, 110 Nicolette Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, WV is honored and privileged to serve the family of Oleta B. Ferrell.

Iva P. Waugh

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Iva P. Waugh

Age 93, of Buckhannon, WV, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home while under the care of People’s Hospice of Clarksburg.

She was born March 30, 1920, in Goshen.

She was raised in the Eden community, a daughter of the late Willis Wade and Martha Taylor Morrison.

She is the last surviving member of her siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Denzil Foster Waugh, on February 18, 2014. They were married May 07, 1938.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by seven sisters, Nellie Waugh, Emma Lee, Hazel McCord, Irene Lewis, Russie Gregory, Genevieve Gregory and LuVera Taylor; one infant sister, Mary Morrison; and five brothers, Floyd, Buck, Merl, Dewey and Harold Morrison.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Jane Vaught and husband, Larry, of Buckhannon; one son, Jerry Waugh and wife, Linda, of Buckhannon; four granddaughters, Carmen M. Griffith of Coshocton, Ohio, Janna Vaught Adams and husband, Marc, of Buckhannon, Kimberley J. Waugh of New Albany, Ohio, and Cristy E. Waugh of Chapel Hill, NC; two grandsons, Samuel A. Vaught and Joseph E. Vaught and wife, Michelle, all of Buckhannon; one great-granddaughter, Carly Griffith of Coshocton, Ohio; 10 great-grandsons, Nathaniel Davis and Chase Griffith, both of Coshocton, Jaric Rich, Dalton, Zachary and Spencer Vaught and Cade and Jamison Gambrazzlo, all of Buckhannon, Owen Perry and Anderson Rice, both of New Albany, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Wanda “Woodie” Waugh of Jane Lew and Geraldine Bailey of Parkersburg; and a special caregiver, Marie Morgan.

Mrs. Waugh was an accomplished homemaker, renowned for homemade bread as well as her talent at direct sales. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; she was also a foster parent for many years. Iva had love to spare for everyone and enjoyed hosting family and friends in her home.

She was a Christian by faith and a member of the Senior Citizen’s Center.

Friends were received Thursday, March 13, from 5-8 PM at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 AM Friday at the funeral home with John Wilbur and Curtis Bauske officiating.

Burial will follow in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People’s Hospice.

Jack Middleton Boone

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Jack Middleton Boone

Age 75, of Upper Sleith, Braxton County, WV passed March 09, 2014 at Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland, MD.

He was born August 16, 1938 a son of the late Robert Warren and Vera Ethel Mick Boone.

Jack was a former municipal judge for Gassaway, Burnsville and Clendenin. He was the owner of the Elk and Little Kanawha News. He was a history buff and loved antiques. He was a member of the Frametown Volunteer Fire Department and an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Hunter Ford Boone, Robert Randolph Boone, Captain Lowell Boone and Daril Crislip.

He is survived by sister, Peggy June Miller of Upper Sleith; sisters-in-law, Doris Boone of Harrisville and Sally Crislip of Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Jimmie Adkins officiating.

Burial will be in the Boone Family Cemetery, Upper Sleith.

Friends may call three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Juanita E. Tanner

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Juanita E. Tanner

Age 94, graduated from this life on March 12, 2014, at the Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley, WV.

She was born February 27, 1920, the youngest child of John and Rosa Simmons Rader, of Gassaway, West Virginia.

Juanita spent a majority of her life in Gassaway, leaving only to move closer to her sister, Marie, in Rock Springs, GA. The two of them cared for their mother who lived to be 112. As Juanita’s health began to decline, she moved to Fayetteville, WV to live with her son, Jack, and his wife, Marion. Juanita was a graduate of Gassaway High School. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Rader Buick in Gassaway and later for Belknap Trailer Sales. She was a fifty-year member and Past Worthy Matron of Gassaway Chapter #32 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting, travel, camping, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, TN. She was happiest with her family and driving down the road. She taught most of her seven grandsons to count by fives and tens before they started to school. She liked to play rummy and set back and she was usually scorekeeper, and she played to win! Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Russell W. Tanner, and her son, James F. Tanner.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition, to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Costello and Marmel Brown, and brothers, Garland, Orlando “Tink”, and Lanta Rader.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories are her sons and their families: Jack and Marion Tanner of Fayetteville, WV; Jerry and Jan Tanner of Myrtle Beach, SC; a dear daughter-in-law, Dr. Mary Tanner and her husband, Homer Kemp of Ringgold, GA; seven grandsons, Brian (Sonja), James, Jeffrey (Beth), Russell (Stephanie), Waide, Andrew (Jacque), Matthew (Kelly), and Charlie (Sharla); six great-grandsons R.J., Drew, Zane, Jerry, Luke, and Brock; one great-granddaughter, Abbigail; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging Day Care, and the staff at the Bower’s Hospice House for their compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV, with Pastor Rusty Tanner officiating on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2 PM.

Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until time of the service.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Bower’s Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Joann Elizabeth Wine Ratliff

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Joann Elizabeth Wine Ratliff

Age 67, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 8 PM on Wednesday March 05, 2014 at the Cabell Huntington Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born in Copen, WV on March 04, 1947 a daughter of the late Alfred Glen Wine and Ruby Mae Sands Wine.

She is survived by four children: Sherry L Ratliff of Gassaway, Jerry Ratliff and companion Chaz Dent of Charleston, Donna Ratliff and Mark Ratliff, both of Burnsville; ex-husband and special friend, Thomas Ratliff; five grandchildren: Julie Ratliff of Lewisburg, Elizabeth Cottrell and husband Corey of Gassaway, Jack Thayer Jr. and wife Heather and Danny Thayer, all of Burnsville, and Kendra Ratliff of Shinnston; step grandchildren: Amanda Carson and Ethan Carson of Burnsville, Kendra Posey of Weston, Andrea Drayne of Chesapeake VA, Harry Butcher of Weston, Samantha Posey of Weston, and Samuel Butcher of Burnsville; great grandchildren: Nathaniel Thayer, Dominic Cottrell, and Mya Drayne; step great grandchildren: Peyton and Dalton Butcher; five sisters: Jean Meeks and husband Gary of Parkersburg WV, Jenette Cincrak and husband Andrew of Akron OH, Gae Anderson and husband Jim of Elk View WV, Laurel Martin and husband Bob of Tidioute PA, Ressie Conrad and husband Bill of Aurora WV; one brother, Johnny Wine and wife Aleta of St. Mary’s WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Lorene Williams.

Joann was a retired home health care worker for Seneca Mental Health in Nicholas County. She enjoyed sewing, reading and cooking.

Joann’s request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joann Ratliff.

Rodney Stephen Bailey

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Rodney Stephen Bailey

Age 49, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, March 08, 2014 at home following a sudden illness.

He was born on December 09, 1962: son of the late William Rod Bailey and Mary Jane (Carr) Bailey of Goose Creek, SC.

Rodney is survived by an aunt: Lona York of Shelby, NC and several cousins.

Earlier in his life, Mr. Bailey was a painter and electrician with a construction company. He was a graduate of Goose Creek High School of Goose Creek, SC. Rodney was a homebody and loved music, puzzles and cooking.

Rodney was a very private individual and requested private family arrangements.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Rodney Stephen Bailey.

Patty Ann Fox

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Patty Ann Fox

Age 57 of West Union, WV, Central Station Community, passed away March 11, 2014 at her residence following a hard fought battle with cancer.

She was born June 16, 1956 in Parkersburg, WV a daughter of the late Bartlett Ash and Wilma (America) Ash of Parkersburg.

Patty retired from Community Resources Incorporated (CRI) where she was a supervisor. She enjoyed her work and helping families in their time of need. Her family and friends were very important to her and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband of 30 years, Steven H. Fox, son Samuel Richards (Dawn) of Smithburg, daughter Stacey Hartman (C. J.) of Logan, OH and brothers: Jack Ash (Virginia) of Washington, WV and Conard Ash (Betsy) of Lower Salem, OH.

She also leaves behind her loving grandchildren: Devon, Mahalia and Seth Richards, and Dylan and Kyle Keplinger and Gavin and Lucas Hartman.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter Sherry Fox.

Funeral services will be Saturday 11 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Larry Cottrill and Pastor Gilbert Neely officiating.

Interment will follow at the West Union Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday 4-8 PM.

Harley Ronald Hefner

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Harley Ronald Hefner

Age 83, of Berlin Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 29, 1930: son of the late Harley N. Hefner and Thelma (Queen) Hefner.

On September 03, 1960, he married Betty Jean (Newlon) Hefner, who survives.

Mr. Hefner is also survived by six sons: Gary Ronald (Debbie) Hefner and Harley Allen (Dreama) Hefner both of Berlin, Randy Hart (Jennifer) Hefner of Mt Clare, WV, Terry Preston Hefner and Bruce Leonard Hefner both of Berlin and Harley R. (Tammy) Hefner, II of Bridgeport and ten grandchildren: Brian, Nastausha, Cetera, Haley, Makenna, Jerrod, Cody, Madison, Luke and Makenzie. He is also survived by his pride and joys- two Yorky’s: Nikki and Sadie.

Mr. Hefner was owner of Hefner Mobile Home Park and Campground. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and member of the American Legion Post #4 of Weston. Ronnie was a member of the Weston Moose Lodge#1376, NRA, and played with the Lewis County Slo- Pitch Softball League, American Division. He was also a member of the Berlin United Methodist Church. Ronnie’s biggest loves were hunting and fishing.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on March 13, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Frank Dipolo and Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Friendship Cemetery of Berlin Community, Lewis County, WV.

Full Military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Harley Ronald Hefner.

Thelma (Jane) Clutter

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Thelma (Jane) Clutter

Age 71, formally of Sutton, WV, passed away March 08, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.

She was born March 21, 1942 in Out Crop, PA, the daughter of the late Beulah Clutter and Hansford Clutter. Also preceding her in death was her son, Philip Ware, and brother, Raymond Clutter, sister, Clara Marie Clutter.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Lynn Shaw (Bill) of Sutton, son, Stanley Ware of Beverly, OH, brothers and sisters, Bazil Melvin(Diane) of Exchange, Deloris Ware(George) of Centralia, Kay Hosey(Bert) of Franklin, KY, Maryland Hinkle(Phil) of Winchester, KY, Dwayne Cutlip of Bucyrus, OH, Pat Cutlip of Sutton, Patricia Cutlip of Sutton, half brothers, Robert Clutter (Darlene) of Craigsville, Eugene Clutter(Kim) of Craigsville, half sister, Clara Clutter of Webster Springs, 4 grandchildren, Jessica Given, Amy Short, Jeremy Duckworth, Joseph Duckworth, 7 great grandchildren, Abigayle Duckworth, Adalyn Duckworth, Rion Given, Aiden Given, Maddison Short, Maci Short, Trent Short.

At her request she will be cremated. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to:

Rosemary C. Brooks Place
200 Rosemary Dr.
Winchester, KY 40391

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Clutter Family.

Rodney Stephen Bailey

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Rodney Stephen Bailey

Age 49, of 401 John Street, Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, March 08, 2014 at home following a sudden illness.

He was born on December 09, 1962: son of the late William Rod Bailey and Mary Jane (Carr) Bailey of Goose Creek, SC.

Rodney is survived by an aunt: Lona York of Shelby, NC and several cousins.

Earlier in his life, Mr. Bailey was a painter and electrician with a construction company. He was a graduate of Goose Creek High School of Goose Creek, SC. Rodney was a homebody and loved music, puzzles and cooking.

Rodney was a very private individual and requested private family arrangements.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Rodney Stephen Bailey.

Silvanus A. Perine

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Silvanus A. Perine

Age 86, of Arnolds Creek Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, March 07, 2014 in the Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born on August 17, 1927 in West Union a son of the late John H. and Olga Britton Perine.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Fuson Perine.

Surviving is two daughters, Susan Prutsman and fiancé Donald Addlespurger, Greenwood, Eva Gawthrop and husband Tim, Salem, one son, Gerald A. Perine, Greenwood, 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, two brothers, Drex Perine & Glade Perine both of West Union. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Perine was a retired truck driver and dozer operator for Brown Stone Quarry. He enjoyed antique shows, county fairs, Civil War Re-enactments. Silvanus was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Pastor David Simons presiding.

Interment will follow in Ruley Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 after 11 AM until time of service.

Full military graveside rites will be accorded by the Doddridge County Combined Veterans Organizations.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Perine family.

Naomi D. Hosey

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Naomi D. Hosey

Age 80, of Sutton, WV passed away March 09, 2014 at Braxton Health & Rehab. Center, Sutton.

She was born October 06, 1933 the daughter of the late Ola Clutter and Lovie Payne.

Naomi was a homemaker.

She was a member of Centralia United Methodist Church and was a 1952 graduate of Sutton High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gaylord Hosey, brothers, Robert Clutter, Fred Clutter.

Naomi is survived by her son, Gary Hosey (Ramona) of Centralia, daughter, Barbara Ann Taylor (Leonard Earl) of Vermillion, OH, sister, Dolly Ann Johns of Sutton, grandchildren, David Gary Hosey (Jennifer), Kristi Renee Martin (David), Billie Joe Satava (Dan), George Bert Taylor(Cecila), great grandchildren, Katlyn, Alex, Eva, Paul, Jerico, Lane, Riley, Emily.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday March 13, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Russell Shaw officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery near Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Hosey family.

Lillian Ruth Cook

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Lillian Ruth Cook

Age 68, of Mt. Nebo, WV, passed away on March 07, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born on October20, 1945 in Burgoo, WV, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Elizabeth Ronk Ward. She was retired from United National Bank as a Branch Manager.

She was a member of Jordan Chapel Church in Canvas, and had a great love for her family and her dogs.

She is survived by her Loving husband, Eugene Wayne Cook, sons, Michael and wife Allisha Cook of Richwood, James Cook of Summersville, brothers, James Ward of Wichita ,KS., Keith Ward of Phoenix, AZ., sister, Jean Rohrbaugh of Manassas, VA, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bill Browning, Robert Ward, Eddie Ward, and sister, Sandy Ward.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Birch River Baptist Church where a Memorial gathering with family and friends will start at 1:0 PM.

At Mrs. Cook request the body has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Nicholas County Humane Society.

Greene-Robertson funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Cook family.

Terry Lee Naylor

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Terry Lee Naylor

Age 67, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away March 07, 2014 at his residence.

He was born August 06, 1946 to the late Denver D. Naylor and Helen G. Starcher.

Terry was a good husband, loving father and grandfather. He was a Vietnam veteran and worked hard all of his life. He was a Teamster and worked for Carl E. Smith. He also owned TLN Trucking. He spent his retirement farming and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Carol Sue Naylor; daughters, Crystal Dye and Amanda Naylor of Arnoldsburg, WV; grandson Dennis Dye of Chloe, WV; granddaughters Kirsta and Kamille Dye of Arnoldsburg. He is also survived by brothers Joe Naylor, Randy Starcher, Charlie Starcher, and Dana Starcher all of Millstone WV; Stanley Starcher of Glenville, WV; Fred Starcher of Arnoldsburg; Gary (Shoat) Starcher of Burning Springs, WV; Cecil Naylor of Old Town, FL; Doug Naylor of Lacento, FL; sisters Linda Gainy of Kissimmee, FL and Kandy Summers of Millstone.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Brian G. Naylor; brothers Gary and Chuck Starcher; sisters Monteray Duncan, Diana Murphy, and Kathy Starcher.

Services will be held Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Benjamin Kerby officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of the services.

Burial will follow in the Gibson Cemetery, Altizer Road, Arnoldsburg.

Margie Ellen “Midge” Hosey

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Margie Ellen “Midge” Hosey

Age 76, of Grantsville, WV, went home to be with the Lord on March 07, 2014.

She was born in Core, WV, a daughter of the late John Robert Bean Sr. and Mary Christina Bean of Granville, WV.

She attended Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard W. Hosey and son Charles R. Hosey, both of Grantsville; her daughter Debra H. Williams and her husband Thomas A. Williams of Lake Mary FL; grandchildren, Brittany Polanco, Ernest Hosey, Mitchell Williams; brother David W. Bean of Granville, WV.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by brothers Charles William Bean, John Robert Bean Jr., and Leonard Edward Bean.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:00 PM at Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Betts Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville Tuesday March 11, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 PM and from 12:00-1:00 PM at Victory Baptist Church prior to the services Wednesday.

Elsbeth “Betty” Tomaschko

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Elsbeth “Betty” Tomaschko

Age 85, of 230 Cottage Avenue Weston, WV passed on Friday, March 07, 2014 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on April 20, 1928: daughter of the late Henry Tomaschko and Marie (Fisher) Tomaschko.

Betty is survived by one nephew: Roland Meffert of Hurricane, WV, one neice: Rosemarie Faris of Bradon, FL and 32 great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by one sister: Evelyn Meffert.

Mrs. Tomaschko was retired from the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company of Weston with 35 years of service. She worked in the finishing and decorating departments.

She was a member of St Patrick Catholic Church of Weston.

Betty sewed her own clothes for many years and she loved to sit on her porch and visit with her neighbors.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited on Wednesday at 10:00 AM from St Patrick Church of Weston with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 7 PM from the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the St Patrick School Center Avenue Weston, WV 26452

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Elsbeth “Betty” Tomaschko.

Thomas Burrell Long

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Thomas Burrell Long

Aged 96, passed away peacefully on March 07, 2014 after a brief illness.

Born in 1917, in Camden, WV, he was the son of the late Ray and Bess Long and was a descendent of Morgan Morgan a first settler of WV.

He was the beloved husband of the late Maxine (White) Long. They were married in 1940 and shared 71 years of mutual love and devotion until Maxine’s death in 2011. The couple had lived in Kopperston and in Madison , WV before moving to Bourne in 2006. For many years the couple wintered in St. Cloud, FL. For the last 3 years he resided with his daughter in Pocasset, MA.

A 1937 graduate of Weston High School, Tom was employed for 37 years by the Consolidated Natural Gas Company. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A devoted member of the Baptist Church, Tom served as a Deacon and Youth Teacher at the Toneda Baptist Church, a Deacon at the Madison Baptist Church, and in later years an active member of the Eastern Avenue Baptist Church in St. Cloud, FL. He served as a delegate to the West Virginia Baptist Convention, on the American Baptist Convention Board of National Ministries, and on the American Baptist Churches General Board.

He worked for 10 years with the Boy Scouts of America serving as a Scout Master and in various capacities for the Boone District, Chief Cornstalk Council, and National Jamboree.
An avid sportsman, Tom played and exceled in many sports throughout the years including baseball, basketball, bowling, archery, hunting and golf. He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar. But his greatest enjoyment was times spent with his family.

Beloved by those who knew him, Tom was a kind, generous, humorous, gentle, and sweet man. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a loving man who always had a hug and a smile for everyone.

He is survived by his three sons, David Long and wife Genevieve of Kearneysville, WV, Daniel Long and wife Sylvia of Wappinger Falls NY, Thomas Long and wife Teresa of Hanahan, SC, his daughter, Laverne Newman of Pocasset, MA, and his sister, Katherine Riddle of Weston, WV. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, William Newman.

Family will receive friends on Monday, March 10, at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 10:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Full Military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Buckskin Council, Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25350 (or online at www.aplacetogive.scouting.org), or to VNA of Cape Cod/Hospice, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Thomas B. Long.

Barbara L. Campbell

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Barbara L. Campbell

Age 67, of Big Springs, WV, went home to be with her Lord on February 17, 2014, at her residence in the presence of her family after an extended illness.

She was born July 31, 1946, in Parkersburg, WV, to the late William C. and Nila Kight Osborne.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School Class of 1965.

She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and loved listening to gospel music.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Michael “Mick” Campbell; sisters, Judy Gregory of Bristol, TN, and Doris Campbell (Joe) of Scott Depot, WV; brother, Carl Ray Osborne (Sandy) of Big Bend, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James R. Osborne.

Special thanks to Harrisville Home Health Center’s nurses and aides, and to her caregiver, Pat Bradley.

Funeral services were held at 1 PM February 20, 2014, at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with the Rev. Alfred Hickman and Chris Campbell officiating.

Burial followed in Westfall Cemetery in Smithville.

Friends called from 11 AM-1 PM prior to the services.

John Byron Dean

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John Byron Dean

Age 85, of South Point, OH, went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 07, 2014 at Jo-Lin Health Care Center, Ironton, OH.

He was born October 24, 1928 in Sutton, WV a son of the late, Dana Lee and Beulah Pearl Cutlip Dean.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Eleanor Smith Dean of South Point, OH; two daughters, Dianne Manning (Wayne) of Huntington, WV and Stephanie Edwards of Proctorville, OH; son, Tim Dean (Tina) of Huntington, WV; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren which were his pride and joy. He is also survived by brother, Homer Dean (Carolyn) of Sierra Vista, AZ; sister, Shelba Halstead (Shorty) of Summersville, WV and several nieces and nephews.

John was retired from Texaco and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a faithful and active church member of the Nazarene Church for many years. He loved the Lord with all his heart. He never grew weary of letting his light shine.

We are going to miss a wonderful husband, father, papaw and friend but Heaven is going to be richer because of his presence.

A special thank you to the Jo-Lin Health Care Center staff who became part of our family.

Service will be 3 PM Monday, March 10, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Brisker officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

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Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

Age 75, of Sand Ridge, WV, passed away on Friday, March 07, 2014 at home.

He was born October 14, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late William John and Iva Belle Cogar Schoolcraft.

He was an equipment operator for West Virginia Paving for over 30 years and was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Aretta Settle Schoolcraft; his children, Scott (Brittney) Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road and Becky (Roger) Stalnaker of Normantown, WV; grandchildren, Brandon (Alyssa) Jenkins of Bridgeport, WV, Nicole (Ryan) Snyder of Buckhannon, WV, and Shane Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; a step-granddaughter, Selene Stalnaker of Clarksburg, WV; two great-granddaughters, Avalene and Bryer Jenkins; his sisters, Avanell (Kenman) Stump of Washington Court House, Ohio, Evadeen (Charles) Rader of Barberton, Ohio, and Lou Grimm of Grantsville, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eugene.

There will be no visitation or service as Woodrow’s wish was to be cremated but the family requests that donations be made in Woodrow’s name to Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Garner Dale “Sonny” Thoms

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Garner Dale “Sonny” Thoms

Age 72, of Cemetery Street, Weston, WV (Haleville Community) passed away at unexpectedly early on Wednesday morning March 05, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Weston, WV on November 10, 1941 a son of Garner Lionel Thoms and Lelia Atchison Thoms.

He is survived by one son, AY Thoms of Weston; one daughter, Lisa Ann Thoms of Weston, three sisters: Marjorie Cook of Weston, Donna Jean Bowman and husband Butch of Pearl River LA, and Judy K. Huntz and husband Michael of Weston; two brothers: Butch Thoms and wife Carol of Weston and Tommy Thoms and wife Donna of Milford OH; sister-in-law, Jenetta Thoms of Sistersville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William Thoms; three nephews: Danny Cook, Jay Bowman, and John Bowman; great nephew, Andy Racer, and great niece, Brandi Thoms.

Sonny was born with God-given athletic skills. He was a talented Lewis County High School athlete who excelled at baseball and basketball. He went on to become an honored veteran of the United States Navy, then began a life long career as a self-employed painter. He loved to watch WVU Mountaineer football and basketball, and never missed an opportunity to play fast-pitched softball. He enjoyed singing karoke, watching old western and war movies, and laughing with his friends, while shooting pool, or playing cards. He had a great sense of humor and loved his friends and family very much.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, March 08, 2014.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jerry Bean officiating.

Full military honors will be accorded at the funeral home following the funeral service by the Lewis County Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the WV National Cemetery at Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the funeral home to assist his family with final expenses.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Sonny Thoms.

Hattie Naomi Jones

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Hattie Naomi Jones

Age 89, passed March 06, 2014.

She was born September 12, 1924, in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Nettie Markle.

Hattie grew up in Pennsboro and was married to Richard M. Jones Sr., who preceded her in death on December 15, 1992.

She was a member of Pennsboro Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Kaiser and Douglas Church of Christ, Ravenswood, while living with her son and daughter-in-law until her death.

She and her husband, Richard Sr., lived in Weirton, where he worked for Weirton Steel Company.

They worshipped with the West St. Church of Christ before moving to Pennsboro in retirement.

Hattie is survived and lovingly remembered by one son, Richard M. Jones Jr., and daughter-in-law, Sandra, of Ravenswood; three grandchildren, Lori Green of St. Louis, MO, Lynda Jones Richardson (Lee) of Charleston and LouAnn Stephens (Shawn) in Sharpsburg, GA; and three great-grandchildren, Jennifer Green, Tyler Crisp and Kalei Stephens.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Markle of Pennsboro, Carl Markle of Pennsboro and Allen Markle of Weirton, and one sister, Gertrude Doll of Pennsboro.

Funeral service will be held Monday, March 10, at 11 AM at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Terry Jones, Doug Petty and Eddie Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow at McKim Cemetery, McKim, Tyler County.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, March 09, from 2 to 5 PM, and one hour prior to the service.

Sandra Sue Wamsley Coffindaffer Bennett

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Sandra Sue Wamsley Coffindaffer Bennett

Age 73, of Park Ave, Lost Creek, WV passed away at 7:30 AM Friday, March 07, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

She was born July 28, 1940 in Nutter Fort, WV, a daughter of the late Earl Leslie Wamsley and Creatah Pauline McClain Wamsley Coulter.

On April 26, 1986 she married Harold “Bus” Bennett who passed away on December 23, 2010.

Surviving are three children: Vanessia Hillberry of West Jefferson, OH, David Coffindaffer and wife Carrie of Lost Creek and Michael Coffindaffer of West Jefferson, OH; two step children: Don Bennett and wife Jackie of Lost Creek, and Sherry Florinozy and husband Bill of Weston; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren; two brothers: Richard Gherke and wife Joyce of Parkersburg and Ethan “Biff” Wamsley and wife Sharon of Jane Lew; two sisters: Kathryn Keith and husband Claude of Knoxsville, TN and Frances Mason and husband Red of Sistersville.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, James Vogel and two brothers: Ray Earl Wamsley II and Steven Wamsley.

Sandra was retired from the Jane Lew Truck Stop.

She attended the Lost Creek United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed reading mystery novels, working crossword puzzles, and watching Paranormal, Ghost Hunters, Antique Road Show and American Pickers. “Queen Bee” had a great sense of humor and was Mom to all the kids in the community. She provided a loving home to several cats, who already miss her kind and generous care.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Monday from 5 to 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Karen Brown officiating.

Internment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery at Lost Creek.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Sandra Sue Bennett.

Madeline V. Bennett Langford

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Madeline V. Bennett Langford

Age 80, of River Bend Road. Lost Creek, WV passed away at 2:38 AM on Thursday, March 06, 2014 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV on February 13, 1934 a daughter of Scott Deward Bennett and Marqueritta Post Bennett.

She is survived by five children: Charles Robert Langford and wife Monica of Good Hope, WV; Daniel Bryan Langford and wife Janet of Lost Creek, WV; Joyce Elaine Ward and husband Carl of Good Hope, WV; Robert W. Langford and companion Debbie of Elyria, OH; and Cheryl Lynne Riffle and husband Charles of Jane Lew, WV; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Paralee R. Wissinger and two brothers: Henry P. Bennett and Joseph Scott Bennett.

Madeline had worked at the Jane Lew Glass Factory, the Louie Glass Factory, and later at Heartland Nursing Home. She enjoyed gardening and canning, quilting and sewing, listening to Country and Bluegrass music and sitting with the elderly.

She was a member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM on Sunday March 09 2014.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday with Reverend Ronald Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville, WV.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Madeline Langford.

Tammy Jean Cunningham

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Tammy Jean Cunningham

Age 44, of Mt. Zion, WV, passed away February 27, 2014 in Grantsville, WV.

She was born in Cleveland Ohio February 15, 1969.

She was the daughter of Larry and Agnes Hall of Cleveland.

She attended Mt. Zion Methodist Church.

She is survived by her parents; husband Michael W. Cunningham and son Michael D. Cunningham both of Mt. Zion, WV; daughters, Stephanie Hall, Melissa Wengler, Melanie Wengler, Alexis Wengler and Desiree Wengler, all of Cleveland, OH; grandchild, Gabriel Kelley; sisters, Theresa Whacker and Tina Harrell; brother, Paul Eckel; parents-in-law, Harold and Vera Jo Cunningham of Mt. Zion, WV.

Funeral services will be held Friday March 07, 2014, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM prior to the services.

Burial will follow at a later date in Cleveland, Ohio.

Glenda Yvonne Atchison

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Glenda Yvonne Atchison

Age 65, of Walnut Street, Weston, WV passed away at 12:15 PM on Tuesday March 04, 2014 in the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown following a courageous journey with uterine cancer.

She was born in Salem, WV on June 27, 1948 a daughter of the late Donald D. “Brownie” Brown and Vonda Vietta Glaspell Brown.

On December 02, 1966 she married Johnny Joe Atchison and they celebrated 25 years of marriage before his passing on August 04, 1992.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna Atchison Hines of Weston; three grandchildren: Jackie, Joely and Joey Hines; great grandson, Owen Hines; several nieces and nephews; one sister and three brothers; and her beloved Yorkie Poo, Izzie, who misses her very much.

Glenda retired from the WV Department of Health and Human Services with 36 years of service. She enjoyed golfing, reading, spending time with her grandchildren and helping others. She was also a member of the Theresa Snaith Aux. of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday March 07, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Beeson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Glenda Atchison.

Diana Lynn Stokley Friend

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Diana Lynn Stokley Friend

Age 68, of Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV, passed away March 02, 2014 at home.

She was born November 15, 1945 a daughter of the late John E. and Mary Anna Belle Rogers Nicholson.

Diana was retired from Brown’s Lumber and Rexroad Lumber, Gassaway with over 20 years of service. She also worked for Hill’s Department Store and for W.T. Grant. She was a 1964 graduate of Washington Irving High School.

She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, Chapel.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by husbands, Eugene Stokley and Ancel Friend.

Surviving; son, John R. Stokley and wife, June of Flatwoods; granddaughter, Nicole Foley of Flatwoods; great granddaughters, Addyson and Larkyn Foley; sister, Beverly Fowler of Sebastian, FL; brother, Barry Nicholson of Boynton Beach, FL.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, March 07, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Michael Harland Snider

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Michael Harland Snider

Age 56, of Harrisville, WV, passed away on March 03, 2014, in Parkersburg.

He was born May 23, 1957, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of Edith Epling Cumberledge of Elizabeth, WV, and the late Buck C. Snider.

Mike was a graduate of Wirt County High School, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had worked at Linde Gas in Washington, WV. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and enjoyed playing and coaching his sons and others about the sportsmanship of the game of basketball.

He attended Cairo Baptist Church.

Mike was a loving husband, father and grandpa, and was a great mentor and taught great morals and values that influenced the lives of his children.

He is survived by his mother; his wife of 14 years, Cheri Pindell Snider; his step-mother, Wanda Snider of Davisville, WV; two sons, Adam Snider and Shane Snider, both of Harrisville; two brothers, Steve (Sue) Snider of Sandusky, Ohio, and Mark (Mary) Snider of Elizabeth, WV; one grandson, Paxton Snider.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Jim Cumberledge.

Funeral services will held 7 PM on Friday, March 07, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Frank Vannoy officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 PM until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Billy R. Hicks

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Billy R. Hicks

Age 71, of Rockport, WV, passed Sunday March 02, 2014 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg from lung cancer.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Huey and Ethal Hicks.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Hicks; four sons, Randy Hicks of Parkersburg, WV, Steve Hicks of Rockport, WV, Mark Hicks of Quaker City, OH, Rodney Hicks of Seville, OH; one daughter, Brenda Gilbert of Medina, OH; two daughters-in-law, Janet and Marie Hicks; 13 grandchildren; 1 step grandchild; 19 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Steven Hicks of Medina, OH; 3 sisters, Dorothy Horton, Jessie Matheney and Martha Leigh.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 06, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Phil Creecy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM prior to the services.

Inez H. Fowler

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Inez H. Fowler

Age 89, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Monday, March 03, 2014, at the Inn at Sharonbrook.

She was born March 28, 1924, in Grantsville, WV, a daughter to the late Emory and Vernia Kreaps.

She was a homemaker.

She was a devout member of the Church of Christ, attending the Marrtown Church of Christ while living in Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosaline Harris.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dale Fowler; her daughters, Sandra (Carl) Pyles of Newark, Ohio, and Brenda (Tom) Trubiana of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Dee (Andrew) Kossoff of Bexley, Ohio, Justin (Lakana) Trubiana of Memphis, TN, and Alicia Trubiana of New York City; one great-grandchhild, Sophie Kossoff; siblings, Lynn (Veta) Kreaps of Parkersburg and Janet Harris of Phoenix, AZ.

Service will be 2 PM Friday, March 07, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Minister Randy Yerby officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1-2 PM on Friday.

Frances Myers Schmetzer

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Frances Myers Schmetzer

Age 91, of Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 02, 2014.

She is survived by her three children, Peggy Schmetzer, Charlie Schmetzer (Susan) and Marie Pisecki (Jerry); five grandchildren, Katie Grey (Douglas), Anna Schmetzer, George Schmetzer, Zachary Pisecki and Harrison Pisecki; two siblings, Jane Kee (Carlyle) and William M. Myers (Mary Ellen).

She was predeceased by her parents, Charles E. and Olive S. Myers; her sisters, Olive M. Wolters and Mary M. Vitale; and her daughter, Karen L. Schmetzer and husband, William M. Schmetzer.

Fran Schmetzer earned her B.A. degree from Glenville State College in West Virginia in 1943 and received a Master’s of Religious Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1944. She was Director of Christian Education in various churches, taught school for 20 years, and retired from Reader’s Digest after 13 years as an index librarian.

After her retirement, Fran returned to Glenville, WV where she was an Elderhostel Coordinator, served as a member of the Glenville State College Board of Governors for five years, and wrote a weekly column for the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder for six years, publishing a collection of her columns in Musings of an Oldtimer.

She served on the State Folk Festival committee and received multiple awards for her years of community service.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Salem Presbyterian Church in Studley, Virginia.

Reception to follow.

Daniel Keith Montgomery

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Daniel Keith Montgomery

Age 68, of Pricetown Community, Weston, WV passed away at 8:30 PM on Monday March 03, 2014 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on June 30, 1945 a son of the late Michael Robert Montgomery and Sarah Jean Fletcher Montgomery.

On December 07, 1970 he married the former Rosemary Jane Hefner who survives in Weston.

He is also survived by four siblings: Donna Jean Jarvis and husband Dave of Asheville, NC, Brenda Joyce Blake and husband Don of Roanoke, Jeffery Lynn Montgomery and wife Dawna of Lost Creek and Chandra Montgomery Vankirk and husband Cliff of Weston; two grandchildren: Dakota Paul Montgomery and Jeffery Michael Montgomery; one great grandchild, Nevaeh Nicole Montgomery; two stepchildren: Debra Jo Workman and husband Steve, and Charlotte McVay and husband Dan, all of Charleston; several nieces and nephews; and special friends: Frank Hall, Jimmy Luzader, and Dale Joe Frashure, who were a great source of support and encouragement.

He was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Keith Montgomery who passed on September 07, 2003 and two sisters: Jacquelyn Hunter and Beverly Montgomery.

Daniel was a natural storyteller who worked in the construction industry all of his life and was a self-employed painter and carpenter. He was a free spirit who loved traveling, coin collecting, C.B’ing, reading old car magazines and watching Duck Dynasty.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jane Lew.

Daniel’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Daniel Montgomery.

Mary Helen Reed Cutlip

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Mary Helen Reed Cutlip

was raised to glory on February 27, 2014, following a brief illness.

She was born September 26, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, the oldest daughter of Gilbert and Gladys Reed.

She graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1944 as valedictorian of her class. She attended college at Glenville State College and completed her degree in 1948 at West Virginia University, majoring in home economics, with extra classes in art.

She worked briefly as a designer at the Diamond Department Store in Charleston, WV, before returning to Glenville, to complete her teaching certificate. She taught home economics for two years at Troy High School. During that time, she met Ancil B. Cutlip, a vocational teacher at Normantown, WV, whom she married August 04, 1950.

She became a full-time mother and homemaker, caring for their two children and her mother-in-law. She delighted in utilizing her home economic skills in caring for her home and family. She was known for her hospitality with delicious meals and home-made bread, cookies, cakes and pies. She was also an excellent seamstress, making most of her and her daughters’ clothes.

Her mother-in-law taught her to spin wool on a spinning wheel and she began demonstrating the skill at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville. In 1964, she was invited to the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair in Cedar Lakes, and continued to share her knowledge and skill there for 18 years. She also traveled throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., sharing the history and traditions of spinning.

She supported her husband’s work in the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, demonstrating cooking and sewing procedures, and she was a 4-H leader.

After her husband’s retirement, they returned to Glenville, where they cared for her mother for 15 years. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, they moved to Vienna, WV

Mary Helen grew up in church where her mother played the piano. At the age of 19, she attended a revival meeting at the First Baptist Church, Glenville, and there trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She has been a church member in each community where she lived, helping in Vacation Bible Schools, providing meals and participating in the women’s mission circles. She loved reading her Bible and devotions and prayerfully remembered family and friends. At the time of her death, she was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

She was welcomed into the Church Triumphant by her parents; her husband, Ancil of 54 years; her sister, Lois Reed Adams; her son-in-law, Marvin “Skip” Hawley; and extended family back through the generations of the great cloud of witnesses. She is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca Lynn with her husband the Rev. Daniel Taylor of Dover, DE, and Joyce Ann Hawley of Williamstown, WV; four grandchildren, Keren Hawley Threlfall and her husband Daniel of Greenville, SC, Mary Beth Hawley of Yokohama, Japan, and her fiance Lewis Baumgardner, Jacob Taylor of Vienna, and Sarah Taylor of Newark, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Hana Kate, Eden and Justus Threlfall; three step-grandchildren, Michael (Joan) and Mark Hawley and Kelly (Erik) Klaustermeyer; and a step-great-grandson, Matt Ryan. She is survived also by her sister, Jean Mills of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM April 26, 2014, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to support missionaries J.D. and Rhonda Reed, International Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 or Wood County Christian School, 113 West Ninth Street, Williamstown, WV 26187.

John Marshall Maxwell

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John Marshall Maxwell

Age 78, of Parkersburg, WV, passed March 02, 2014, at the West Virginia Masonic Home.

He was born October 21, 1935, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Edwin L. and Alice Hoover Maxwell.

He was a graduate of Parkesburg High School and retired from Corning Glass. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 3.

He is survived by two cousins, Mike (Julie) Matheny of Vienna, WV and Marilyn (Charlie) Casto of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Alice Maxwell.

Services will be 1 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. David Carpenter officiating.

Burial will follow at IOOF Cemetery in West Union, WV.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dave Wilson

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Dave Wilson

Age 91, of Glenville, WV passed away February 26, 2014 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston, WV.

He was born on July 27, 1922 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Lon and Ora Wilson.

Dave was fondly known around the area as “Santa Claus”.

He is survived by one brother, Bobby Wilson and wife Louise; one sister, Bertha McCune; one son, Bradford Wilson of Fremont, OH; one granddaughter, Mandy Paul and husband Scott of Fremont, OH; a very special friend, Gladys Champion; three great grandchildren, Aiden Paul, Matt Wadsworth and Brandi Wadsworth.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents, by wives, Lakie Wilson and Lula Wilson; daughter, Carolyn Wilson; brother Earl Wilson; sister Luella McCune and daughter-in-law Teresa Wilson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 06, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM.

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